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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review

A 10in business tablet capable of challenging Apple's iPad Air
Wed Jun 25 2014, 08:19

Product Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
Specifications 10.1in 2560x1600 resolution 299ppi LCD capacitive touchscreen, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD card, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front camera, microUSB port and audio jack, Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system with Magazine UX skin, non-removable 8,220mAH lithium ion battery, 243x171x7.3mm, 477g
Price £325

KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung has been battling to make its Android tablets enterprise ready since the first release of its Knox security service in 2013. However, despite Samsung's hard work many businesses are still choosing Apple's iPad over Samsung's Android devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is designed to reverse this trend and comes with a number of productivity and security focused services which Samsung claims makes it one of the most enterprise ready 10in tablets available.

Design and build
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the same design as its larger sibling, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2in, and looks a little like a scaled-up Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The tablet features a rectangular chassis with metal sides and a fake leather finish polycarbonate backplate. The only real design difference from its larger sibling is the absence of an S Pen digital stylus.

While we lament the loss of the stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1's design is nice, while its satchel friendly 243x171x7.3mm measurements and 477g weight make it suitably travel friendly and comfortable in the hand.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1in's chassis does not match the top end feel of its competitor, the iPad Air, but is reasonably robust. Testing the tablet we found that, while its metal edges can be prone to chipping if the tablet is dropped, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is fairly tough and can survive the odd bump and scrape.

Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 three quarter

We also found that, while the white model regularly picks up dirt marks, the Galaxy Tab 10.1's chassis is fairly scratch resistant.

Our only problem with the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1's design is the slightly odd button placement. Samsung has designed the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for use in landscape as opposed to portrait mode, placing its physical Home and capacitive Menu and Back buttons on the tablet's long edge.

While it's not as noticable a problem as it was on Samsung's larger Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, it does make certain actions, like reading news articles or digital magazines, slightly awkward.

Screen technology has been an increasingly important factor for tablet buyers, and Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an - on paper - impressive 10.1in, 2560x1600 pixel, 299ppi Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen.

We found that the 10.1in display in general lived up to its impressive specifications. Icons were sharp on the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, though not as crisp as those seen on smaller tablets with 300ppi-plus displays. Text also remained legible and readable on the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 even when shrunk down and viewed in the Chrome browser's desktop mode.

The screen also featured reasonable colour and brightness levels and except for extremely adverse conditions like bright direct sunlight, we did not experience any problems with the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1's display.

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